Just as NASA’s Apollo program represented the fulfillment of boundless ideas, Apollo LTD blast past boundaries and into a new musical realm steepedinalternative spirit, cinematic production, rock energy, and pop palatability. After logging years together in a band (between juggling gigs as disparate as landscaping, swim coaching, and substitute teachingin the inner city school system), the Nashville duo—Jordan Phillips and Adam Stark—emerged in 2015 with theirindependentself-titled EP. Garnering critical acclaim from the likes of Consequence of Sound, the single “What Are You Waiting For” quietly generated over 323K Spotify streams and counting.As they shared the stage with Panic at the Disco, DNCE, Kesha, Andy Grammer, The All-American Rejects, smallpools, and more, the guysrecorded the2017follow-upEP and further unlocked the dynamic nature of their pairing: Adam the consummate trained musician and Jordan the primalandpassionate poet.“Adam and I are musical partners in every sense of the word,” says Jordan. “There is truly nothing we do that isn’t influenced by the other. We both play, produce, and write lyrics, melodies and hooks. Adam is an eXceptional musician whose eXperience includes working as a session and touring lead guitar player. For me, music is guttural. As we’ve been able to develop the live narrative, we’ve been able to develop what the common thread is through all of our music and let this threadinfluence our songwriting.”Thatliveenergy carries through the new EP. Fiery falsetto resounds over richandeXpansive production on “Heaven,”seamlessly marrying an organic vocal with electronic soundscapes. An airy buildup slips into a danceable eighties-style groove on “Tired of LA,” while “A Man I Used To Know” threads together a kaleidoscopic palette of shimmering tones and tempos. The first single “One In A Million” merges sweeping synths, arena-ready guitars, and a hypnotic hookevocative of Achtung Baby-era U2 with a clever catchiness. “Big concerts have always captivated us. That is the starting point in anything we create; that energy is addicting and what we are drawn to as well as the great artists of our time who had something to say. The likes of Bob Dylan, Kendrick Lamar, andU2. We are influenced by everything. We have a hard drive of 36,000 gigs of various sounds to play around with when recording,”says Adam.In the end, Apollo LTD continually fulfill a shared dream to venture into new musical territoryon the latest EP, and they do so by connecting with each and every song.“We want people to understand that we’re all eXperiencing many of the same things,” Jordan leaves off. “Art and creation come from a place of introspection and self-awareness, but also a desire to serve. Wewant tocreate art to connect with people—to bringthemtogether. A song can make you feel as if you belong. We know that feelingso well. Transcendent art creates empathy and inclusion. We’re all trying to figure out this ‘being human’thing. We all wrestle with doubt and darkness, but there is joy to be found in our circumstances and immeasurable beauty that surrounds us every day.”It’s clear that this duo is on a missionto not onlycreate music that is eXpansive, otherworldly and energetic but to also send a message that we are not alone.